Engage PK(prekindergarten)-12 and higher education students and faculty in leadership and intellectual development of individuals seeking to understand and advance PK-20 educational leadership practice, policy, and research.   


  • Student Success: Ensuring emphasis on student learning and success, from initial introduction through degree/certificate completion.

  • Program Quality: Developing and maintaining high quality programs, with an eye on innovation and adaptability.

  • Collegiality: Promoting integrity, transparency, and mutual respect in interactions and communications among faculty, staff, and students.

  • Collaboration: Promoting internal and external collaborations to strengthen our viability and serve our stakeholders.

  • Inclusion: Creating a space that is inclusive of individual identities, backgrounds, and perspectives and one that embodies social justice. 

  • Leadership Development: Advancing the expansion and improvement of students, staff, and faculty’s leadership skills.

  • Scholarship: Actively engaging in the transformation of PK-12, community college, and higher education

Principal Certification

In addition to our Ph.D., Graduate, and Leadership Certificate/Minor programs, we are proud to offer a Principal Certification Only program for those who have a master’s degree and want to move into school leadership and administration.

ELPS Admissions

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ELPS Faculty and Staff Directory

To learn more about the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, visit our Faculty and Staff Directory.

Crisis Resources for Education Professionals

The department's Center for Educational Research Policy and Practice has prepared an online resource sheet to support and assist school leaders with long-term responses during crisis events. These resources are designed to aid students, teachers, staff, administrators, and leadership.

Make a Gift to Our Special Scholarship Funds

To make a gift to our ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund or the HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) Graduate Leadership Fund, click the button below and select "ELPS Special Project and...

Field Resources, and Policy and Guidelines for Professional Dispositions